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Rag Radio 2014-01-31 - Cristina Tzintzun, Director of the Workers Defense Project

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Rag Radio 2014-01-31 - Cristina Tzintzun, Director of the Workers Defense Project


Published January 31, 2014


Cristina Tzintzún is Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project (WDP), an Austin-based nonprofit organization devoted to improving the working conditions of low-income and undocumented workers in Texas. Named a "Hero of the New South" by Southern Living Magazine in 2013, Tzintzún's work has been applauded by The New York Times, National Public Radio, Univision, MSNBC, and USA Today.

In a major feature story about the group, The New York Times said that the WDP "has racked up an unusual number of successes" and "has emerged as one of the nation's most creative organizations for immigrant workers..." Tzintzún has spearheaded WDP's efforts to ensure safe and dignified jobs for the nearly 900,000 construction workers that labor in the state of Texas. Her efforts have led to a federal investigation by OSHA into Texas' deadly construction industry, the passage of a statewide wage theft law, and better, safer jobs for thousands of low-wage workers in Austin and Travis County.

Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ioannis Gatsiounis. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: ragradio@koop.org. Running time: 55:54.


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